NextEnergy Solar Fund has accelerated its timeline for developing subsidy-free solar in the UK, committing to completing four such projects over the next 12 months.
EFG Hermes has heaped praise on its asset optimisation team after the 365MW former-SunEdison portfolio it acquired earlier this year performed some 25% ahead of expectation.
Solar and other renewables will generate more than half of all electricity in the UK by the mid-2020s according to a new study by Bloomberg New Energy Finance and Eaton, which expects the cost of the technology to more than halve by 2040.
Ofgem has sought to reassure solar farm owners that it will not withdraw accreditation to subsidy schemes without having a good reason to do so as it continues to work on guidance for co-locating energy storage assets with solar.
Liam Stoker draws parallels between the UK's comparatively meagre solar growth forecasts, Brexit, and "talking Britain down".
Hive Energy has confirmed it is the developer behind ambitious plans for a huge solar farm on the north Kent coast which could have a final generation capacity in excess of 350MW.
Last week, renewables developer and investor Hazel Capital was acquired by Gresham House. Tony Dalwood, chief executive of the asset management group, explains to Solar Power Portal what the acquisition means for both Gresham House and Hazel Capital; what projects will be brought forward from the existing pipeline; and what uncertainties lay ahead for UK energy storage.
The UK’s solar market is set for a rebound in the coming years but will lose ground to the rest of Europe as a result of government policy decisions, leading consultancy EY has concluded.
Liam Stoker takes a look at the acronym-tastic review of energy costs, led by Dieter Helm, which recommended, among more than 60 other things, the phasing out of CfDs and the introduction of equivalent firm power auctions.
Solarcentury has announced a major partnership with European renewables funder Capital Stage in a move which will provide a substantial boost to its international expansion.
Ofgem has argued that competitive auctions for established renewables could still be beneficial to the UK power market.
The UK’s large-scale battery storage installations have reached 100MW of capacity, made up of around 50 individual sites larger than 250kW. However, as Solar Media Market Research analyst Lauren Cook explains, data from the UK Battery Storage Project Database report shows that this is just the beginning, with revenue stream patterns emerging to show how projects are proving to be successful.
Renewable generation set a new record in the UK throughout Q2 2017, however there have been repeated warnings for government as solar deployment continued to falter.
Foresight Solar Fund has announced a fresh placing programme in a bid to raise £75 million to pursue new solar investment opportunities in the UK and Australia.
Dieter Helm has recommended that feed-in tariffs and Contracts for Difference auctions be phased out and merged into a single, unified Equivalent Firm Power (EFP) auction to better reflect costs associated with intermittency.
Solarport Systems has released a new solar mounting system to the market which it says enables solar to be installed on slopes steeper than 30 degrees.
Earlier this month Solarcentury chief Frans van den Heuvel became the fifth recipient of the Solar Power Portal Awards’ outstanding achievement accolade. We caught up with Frans to discuss his five years at the helm of one of the UK solar industry’s stalwarts and what the future might hold for the firm.
Established names in the solar industry such as Solar Edge, Wind & Sun and NEC are among those to have already rebooked for Solar & Storage Live 2018.
Electricity and heat generator and retailer Vattenfall is developing a third party model for energy storage deployment which will see the Swedish firm deploy batteries alongside UK solar farms.
Liam Stoker offers his opinion on a Clean Growth Strategy that embraced renewables and changed BEIS’ rhetoric for the better, but cast solar into the long grass once again.
All low carbon technologies should be able to access the same markets and compete on an equal basis for contracts according to the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC), whose latest policy consultation flies in the face of the government’s Clean Growth Strategy (CGS).
The Confederation of British Industry has added to the growing number of bodies, associations and other third parties to call for the inclusion of mature technologies in future auctions.
Ahead of next month’s PV ModuleTech conference in Kuala Lumpur, Solar Media’s head of market research Finlay Colville examines the technology trends UK developers will have to get to grips with if they’re to take advantage of the post-subsidy environment in the UK.
This morning the government’s long-awaited Clean Growth Strategy was finally published to a mixed response from the renewables lobby. Here we have collated some of the leading commentary so far.
The UK solar industry has been made to wait on future government action after the long-awaited Clean Growth Strategy deferred relevant decisions for the technology until later this year.
Solar power contributed 17% of total renewable energy generation in Q3 2017 totalling 3.2TWh, according to the latest report from energy monitoring firm EnAppSys.
The UK Energy Research Centre (ERC) has urged Dieter Helm’s cost of energy review to consider the potential for technology-neutral auctions for the UK market.
E.On has become the first company to have secured an Enhanced Frequency Response (EFR) contract last year to announce the completion of its project following the installation and connection of its 10MW battery at the Blackburn Meadows biomass plant last month.
Last week’s Solar & Storage Live saw the UK’s entire supply chain descend on Birmingham’s NEC for three days of industry leading and thought provoking discussions, business brokering and a few celebrations here of there. Liam Stoker summarises some of the things we picked up from the show floor this year.
The third and final edition of Solar & Storage Today, the daily newspaper which runs parallell to Solar & Storage Live, is now available to download.